Parenting

If you decide to parent, we are here to answer whatever questions you might have and offer you the support and resources you need.

To learn more about those services and how you can receive assistance as a parent, schedule your no-cost appointment with us today!


Abortion

Have you been shocked by an unexpected pregnancy? Considering abortion? Our caring staff at Willow Womens Center understands the uncertainty and fear you face with an unplanned pregnancy, and we are here to help. You deserve to be empowered with the facts you need to make an informed choice, and we provide the most up-to-date information so you can feel confident about your decision before proceeding. We are a real medical clinic with licensed healthcare professionals who provide the services you need at no cost. Our supportive team will listen to your concerns and answer your questions in a non-judgmental and caring manner.

What should I do first?

If you think you might be pregnant, we are your best first step!

We can provide you with a medical-grade pregnancy test at no cost to confirm your pregnancy. If your pregnancy test is positive, an ultrasound will determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. If the ultrasound reveals a viable pregnancy, our staff will provide you with valuable information associated with each abortion option available to you at your stage of pregnancy. We also offer no-cost testing for common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to protect you from developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is a serious infection of your reproductive organs.

What do I need to know about Abortion?

Abortion is a medical or surgical procedure, and there are several types of abortion. A physician determines which methods are available to you based upon your health and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Abortion procedures include medical abortions (also called the abortion pill, Plan B, or RU 486) and surgical abortions, which are performed in a clinic and more invasive. Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $500-$5,000, depending on the type of abortion and if there are complications requiring further surgeries or medical treatment. If you are considering an abortion, we want you to be empowered with information on the types of procedures and how they can impact you. The unbiased licensed healthcare professionals on our medical team will try to answer any questions you may have.

Types of Abortion


  • Plan B

    Plan B, often called the “Morning After Pill,” is a high-dosage birth control pill that women can take up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It ends a pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released, interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, or preventing an embryo from implanting in the uterus. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.


  • RU-486

    RU-486 is a medical abortion procedure that involves a series of two pills that are taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The first pill will cut off the blood flow to the embryo and the second will induce labor. Side effects associated with the second pill include severe cramps, bleeding, nausea and vomiting. It is possible that after these two pills, women will still need a surgical procedure to effectively complete the termination.

  • Surgical Abortions

    The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the pregnancy out of your body. After a vacuum aspiration abortion, you will need to take antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as pain relievers to help with the cramping discomfort. You can expect to experience cramps until the uterus shrinks back down to its normal size, which can take a few days. Bleeding and spotting can last two weeks or longer. You may notice when you are more active, your bleeding increases, and when you are less active, it reduces to spotting. As with any other surgery, you should expect to feel some side effects including cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.

    The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of your body.


  • What are the risks?

    Just like any surgery or medical procedure, there are health risks associated with abortion. Some risks may include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus, damage to other internal organs, sepsis, fertility loss and death. If you still have questions, our medical team can give you the complete information on the risks of these procedures.
  • What does Viable mean?
    A viable pregnancy is a pregnancy that will most likely carry to term. Having a positive pregnancy test does not mean you have a pregnancy that will result in birth. Up to one-third of all pregnancies are not viable, meaning they have no chance of survival. An ultrasound helps you determine if you have a pregnancy that requires a decision.

To learn more about your options, schedule your no-cost appointment at Willow Womens Center today!


Adoption

Considering adoption? Many women who choose adoption have decided that an abortion isn’t right for them. It is possible that you aren’t quite ready to be a parent yet. You might also be worried about your financial stability, family situation and future endeavors — and that’s okay! Adoption is a practical option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

There are several families ready to financially support and raise a child, but are unable to grow their family on their own. When you set up an appointment with Willow Womens Center, we will walk you through our process and answer any questions you may have. If you feel adoption is best for you, we will provide you with contact information for reputable adoption agencies. Want to Learn More?

No matter your reason for considering this option, we can connect you with the right people to answer all your questions and help you come to a decision. Schedule an appointment with one of our caring staff members to learn everything you need to know about the process.


About Us

Your period is late and you’re not sure what to do. If you think you might be pregnant, Willow Womens Center is your best choice!

Willow Womens Center can verify your pregnancy at no cost to you. This includes receiving a high-quality pregnancy test during your appointment. If you are pregnant, our patient care team will provide you with information on your options and provide you with a no cost ultrasound to determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable.

Before making a decision about your pregnancy, it is vital to know exactly how far along the pregnancy is. No matter what you choose to do with your body, the only way to confirm a pregnancy and find out how far along you are is through an ultrasound. An ultrasound can also detect if your pregnancy is ectopic, which could be life threatening.

If you are indeed pregnant, Willow Womens Center provides testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Since abortion can be an invasive procedure, untreated STI’s can be pushed into the uterus where they can drastically affect your long-term reproductive health and future fertility. An untreated STI can leave you with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, causing chronic abdominal pain, fever, abnormal bleeding, nausea and infertility.

Willow Womens Center is located in Beloit near Shopko. It is across the street from the Thirsty Badger Bar and Grill and next door to Fiesta Cancun at 2680 Prairie Avenue.

Willow Womens Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

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FAQs

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman. They can be very obvious for some women and others might experience no symptoms at all. However, the most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period.

Pregnancy FAQ’s

Unexpected pregnancies and unanswered questions go hand in hand. Below are answers to the most common questions women ask us.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Fatigue
Nausea/vomitting
Tender/swollen breasts
Spotting
Aversion to certain foods
Cramping
Mood swings


Q: How much will I be charged?
A: Nothing. The cost of all services at Willow Womens Center are covered. There is no cost to you, and fees will never be submitted to your insurance.

Q: Will you tell my parents or anyone else that I was here for an appointment?
A: No. Your privacy is important to us, and we take confidentiality very seriously. We will not tell anyone you called or visited.

Q: I read about “fake clinics” online. Are you a fake clinic?
A: No, Willow Womens Center is a real medical center staffed by real, licensed healthcare professionals.

Q: Is the morning-after pill the same as the abortion pill?
A: No. Women take the morning-after pill (i.e., Plan B) within 72 hours of unprotected sex or failed contraception. The abortion pill (also called medical abortion or RU-486) ends a confirmed pregnancy.

Q: How will I know if I am pregnant?
A: The most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If your period is late and you think you might be pregnant, make an appointment for a free, medical-grade pregnancy test.

Q: How quickly can I get pregnant after an abortion or miscarriage?
A: You can ovulate and become pregnant as soon as two weeks after an abortion or miscarriage. To prevent complications, avoid pregnancy shortly after a previous one.

Q: How long does the pregnancy hormone (hCG) stay in your body after delivery /abortion/ miscarriage?
A: It can take a month or more for your hCG levels to return to normal, depending on how high your hormone levels were when your pregnancy ended. If you have a positive pregnancy test after a recent pregnancy, be sure to visit your doctor.

Q: I do not have any symptoms, so why do I need sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening if my pregnancy test is positive?
A: STI screening protects your health. The most common STIs are usually symptomless in women and can lead to pregnancy complications if you choose to carry your pregnancy. If you have an abortion with untreated STI, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and permanent damage to your reproductive system.

Q: Can I get an STI from oral sex?
A: Yes, some STIs spread from only skin-to-skin contact. Your throat and other parts of your body can become infected.

Q: Why do I need an ultrasound if I know I want an abortion?
A: An ultrasound is essential to protect your health and confirm that you have a viable pregnancy. If your pregnancy is outside your uterus or there is no fetal heart rate detected, you need a different medical procedure, not an abortion. Since approximately 20 percent of known pregnancies aren’t viable and abortions can be hard on many levels, it’s critical to know whether or not you have a viable pregnancy before moving forward.

Q: Why do I have to wait for an ultrasound?
A: The soonest an ultrasound will give us the answers needed is at six weeks of pregnancy, so if you are less than six weeks pregnant, we may perform an ultrasound, but may not be able to see what we need to provide accurate information. In this situation, we will ask you to return for a follow-up visit after you have reached your sixth week.

Q: Are you going to pressure me into an abortion or out of an abortion?
A: No. Your autonomy and ability to make decisions for your life are highly valued here. Our role is to empower you with unbiased facts about your options, so you will be equipped with accurate knowledge to make a confident decision. We will never judge you for the choice you make about your unexpected pregnancy.

You probably have questions that we have not addressed here. We are available to provide answers at Willow Womens Center.  Make an appointment or contact us by calling 608-312-2025.